Houston men's basketball coach James Dickey resigned Monday, citing private family matters, the school announced.
The school said they will being a national search for a replacement immediately.
Dickey spent the past four seasons at Houston, compiling a 64-62 record, with one postseason tournament appearance with a College Basketball Insider berth in 2012-13. The Cougars went 17-16 overall this season and 8-10 in the American Athletic Conference.
Before arriving in Houston, Dickey spent 10 seasons at Texas Tech.
"This has been a difficult decision to make," Dickey said in a statement released by the university. "I have a family matter that requires my time and energy, and I will regretfully step down from my current position at the University of Houston."
Dickey has a career record of 230-186 and had one season remaining on his contract.
"I am extremely grateful for coach Dickey's contributions to our basketball program and our athletics department, both on and off the court, and his decision to step down comes with great heartache for all involved," Mack Rhoades, vice president for intercollegiate athleticsm, said in a statement. "Coach Dickey is not only a great person and coach but a great mentor for all of our student-athletes and entire staff."DAVIS: The NCAA tournament again defied convention in its opening rounds